WOOF! Thank you for visiting i heart dogs studio, the home of pet portraits lovingly painted by me, Christine Humphries Throckmorton. Since 2007, I have created custom pet portraits, prints, cards, and more, all featuring lovable canines (and the occasional feline). Scroll down, take a look around, click away. You'll see a wide variety of pet portraits, and get to know a bit about the girl behind the canvas.

PLEASE NOTE: Now that I have a toddler, I am no longer accepting commissions. For now, I am shelving the paintbrushes and just enjoying being MOM. I have a variety of original paintings, prints, and cards available in my shop, however, and there is a lot of dog art to peruse in the pages of this here blog. Enjoy.

“I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings
they can show me in the world.” ~ Samuel Johnson

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Lhasa Apso on the beach

30 in 30 Phase 2, Week 16: Shrimp
I meant to create this portrait over a year ago! Shrimp is the cutie pattootie canine brother of our friend Mike. Mike helps us out, watching Rosie 1-2 days a week. For free. My intention was to create a painting from a photograph I took of Shrimp, and give it to Mike so he could either keep it, or gift it to his parents (Shrimp's mommy and daddy). I finally included Shrimp in my 30-in-30 project, knowing that this way I was sure to complete the portrait.

This is my first portrait of a dog on the beach. The photograph I took of Shrimp did not include the ocean, just sand. But I played around with blue and white and, quite effortlessly, made some loose waves that I was quite happy with. Yay! It's good to switch things up once in a while. I have plenty of photographs of my own puppy on the beach; we take her there almost every day in the summer. Maybe my next portrait of Rosie will be a beach scene!

I miss the beach. I'm sick of the snow that just will. not. go. away. Unless I get another snow day (off from work) soon, I'm over winter!

On the easel: a Pekingese and a Maltese. On deck: a Golden + a Chihuahua, two Pugs, and a Pitt. Woof!

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